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All-Natural DIY Headache-Banishing Balm

The next time you get a headache, don't reach for the pills first thing! You can make that headache go away with the natural healing power of peppermint and lavender oils. This headache-banishing balm is made from all-natural ingredients like beeswax, grapeseed oil, and essential oils – so you can feel good about using it to cure a headache whenever you need to.

Peppermint essential oil is amazing for pain relief. It has a cooling effect that you can feel instantly when applied to the temples. This cooling sensation can help soothe a headache in a matter of minutes.

Lavender is also great for soothing headaches. Its scent is very calming and can help calm any stresses that may be contributing to the headache. Lavender oil is so helpful for headaches that in a study, 74% of participants who inhaled lavender oil when they felt the start of a migraine noticed a significant improvement in their symptoms.

This headache balm contains both peppermint and lavender to help soothe your headache pain and help you feel calm and well again. Keep a container of the balm in your purse, your desk, or your gym bag so you can have relief whenever you need it! You could even pour it into an empty lip balm tube to make it super easy to apply.

The really handy thing about this balm is that, after applying it, you don’t have to keep reapplying it to soothe the pain. You can rub your temples throughout the day and the rubbing will reactivate the cooling sensation and the calming scent.

The beeswax in this recipe gives the balm a solid yet easily spreadable texture. It also ensures that you don’t have a greasy-looking forehead after putting it on like you would if you just used the plain oils! It’s perfect for rubbing onto your temples whenever you feel a headache coming on. To get the perfect consistency, it's best to weigh your ingredients. This way, you make sure that you have the 2:1 ratio of carrier oil to beeswax so your balm won’t be too stiff or too soft. You can easily do this using a small kitchen scale.

Whip up a jar or two of this balm so you have all-natural relief at the ready!

  • 1oz of carrier oil (almond, grapeseed, avocado, or fractionated coconut oil are all good options)
  • 0.5oz beeswax
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
  1. In a double-boiler, or a heat-safe bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water, heat together the beeswax and carrier oil until fully melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the essential oils.
  2. Quickly pour into a clean container. You can use anything that will hold about 2 tablespoons of liquid; a recycled baby food jar or a couple lip balm tubes work well. Let it cool until completely solidified.
  3. To use, rub your finger on the balm then massage onto your temples. If you used a lip balm tube, you can apply the balm directly. You'll feel a cooling sensation that will help soothe your headache pain. Rub temples as needed to reactivate the balm.

What's your go-to essential oil or natural headache remedy? Share it with me in the comments below!

Brenda Boulanger   •   August 31, 2016

Hi there!! I love your article. I suffer from chronic migraines and i will try this. I will report back to you once I have tried it. I have tried similar natural mints and oils on temples and found it help prevent them. It would be great to have non medicinal relief. Thank you again.

Heather Allen   •   August 31, 2016

Wishing you the best of luck, Brenda! Heather- Joyous Health team

Melanie Maxwell   •   September 2, 2016

Thanks, Brenda! I hope you like it!

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 1, 2017

Hey Kim! Thanks so much! So glad you were able to take away a lot from it. Natural remedies are super helpful and beneficial! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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arif   •   February 3, 2018

Hello.. what kind of coconut oil should i use to make the balm? Solid or in liquid state?

Rachel Molenda   •   February 13, 2018

Hey Arif, The recipe suggests to use fractionated coconut oil which is in a liquid state but it's preferred to buy specifically "fractionated coconut oil" instead of just using melted coconut oil :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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